Retweet - Martyrs

There are some Christian leaders that I look at and think,  "Are they following the same Jesus I am?" But then I read stories about ancient Christian martyrs, and I wonder, "Am I following the same Jesus as THEM?" 
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Crackers, Grape Juice & Faith

Christ comes, as the King whose Kingdom is built upon hope, love and faith.Centering our faith in the cross is not an easy road to take. It means our faith acknowledges weakness rather than power. It means learning you lose your life to find it. In this final chapter of John's Epistle he brings his focus back to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and to what faith in Christ is all about. 
Come by Wednesday October 10th about 7pm - Let’s have a great conversation listening to and learning from each other. We’ll do communion @ 8pm. Shalom…#pkes

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Can't Tell Ya

Are you holding a close secret? Are you mum on something you're not supposed to tell anyone? If you’re like many folks I’ve met, you’re holding ‘something or other’ pretty close to your vest. And in doing so, as SNL’s Mike Myers would say: “Oh, I'm getting a little verklempt (farklempt). Most stuff is worth sharing, especially with the right person. While sharing personal “stuff” might seem like an invasion of privacy, it’s so worth the “vulnerability hangover”It’s worth being misunderstood and misrepresented. There’s desirability in discomfort. It's worth the death of your self-image and maybe even your brand. There’s benefit to owning up to what’s inside, no matter how difficult, because as the Psalmist wrote: Hidden things will always come out into the open. Secret things will come to light and be exposed.[1] Secrets bring bondage, sharing brings freedom. Freedom. Here’s what happens when you finally drop the act, when you finally admit that you're not fine, when you …

This Is Not The Droid You're Looking For

Let’s have a great conversation, 
Wednesday October 3rd @ 7pm,
listening to and learning from each other.  Here’s what’s in store:  One big thing to note from 1 John 4,  is: "do not believe in every spirit." Okay? Just because a speaker waxes eloquently about godly things doesn’t mean their from God - you've got to put these folks to the test. The test involves making sure these people and ideas center on the fact that Jesus came in the flesh, (he was not a android). He was crucified, died and was buried; that He rose on the third day & ascended into heaven + He will come again. The Apostle John says that lots of false prophets and ‘antichrists’ are peddling some nonsense about Jesus, this is…bad. Very bad. John finishes off the chapter four by saying that if you go around saying that you love God but you're hating on other Christians, then you're just a liar...#pkes Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

Hip Proverbs 5.0 - Short on Ears & Long on Mouth

“A person who talks too much gets into trouble; A wise person learns to be quiet”💬
The art of listening well. Day after day we miss important information, fail in vital conversations and jump to conclusions, because we don't listen well. We misunderstand and misinterpret messages and ideas because of our preconceptions, biases, wishes and our propensity to be, as John Wayne said in his movie Big Jake, ‘short on ears and long on mouth’King Solomon wrote: a wise person learns to be quiet. Good advise in our noisy society…#pkes #MetroLifeChurch#MinMChurch #HipProverbs

Our Heartbeat - True Love

In this chapter of John’s First Epistle we’ll see that pretty much all God wants from people is to: believe in Jesus and love each other. Too simple? Wimpy theology? Not deep enough? Heard it, did it - next? Consider all the ups and downs of life. Now try loving each other, day in and day out, in our chaotic, harsh, politically charged society. It's not enough to just say we love others - we gotta put that into action. What's that look like?"...We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us, and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters..." 1 Jn 3:16
An interactive discussion based on John's Epistle, Chapter 3. Come by and say hello September 26th @ 7pm Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

Come Together or Lessons From a French Horn Musician

I don’t trust a theologian who dismisses the beauty of science or a scientist who doesn’t believe in the power of mystery.” ~ Brené Brown
As a minister, I find value to listening to ppl from both wings of American politics. Conservative or liberal, both are wings on the same bald eagle. So I listen intently to each side’s thoughts and opinions. Mostly, I see value in the person who is speaking. In general, and broadly speaking, liberals and conservatives both consider that they alone are motivated by their caring for mankind, while at the same time opining their opponents don’t care as much. More often than not, when two opposing political groups fail to listen to each other, when they fail to engage, civilly, the net result is political polarization, condemnation and stagnation.
With the help of my beautiful adventurous wife, I stumbled a cross this impressive TED Talk. That’s a polite way of saying she made me listen to it while I was in the car and driving. I was not disappointed tha…

A Human Experiment

A Human Experiment  Are your Christian evangelical ways a success or a failure? The answer is so very simple:  Do the disciples you’ve made look like Jesus? Experiment on Christ-like formation is now over, please carry on...#pkes #MinMChurch #MetroLifeChurch

What sinners need...shall I say deserve, is?

What sinners need...shall I say deserve, is?  Love and healing, not torture and death. We are worthy of God’s restoration not on the basis of personal merit but because of the image we bear - the very image of God…through and because of Christ.
Wednesday September 19th - an interactive discussion based on John's Epistle, chapter two. Come by and say hi @ 7pm Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

More of What?

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,  that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh… God didn’t stop His interaction with mankind by just sending his Son to dwell among us; he also sent his Spirit (Grk. Paraclete;Lat. paracletus = advocate or helper), the Holy Ghost, to reside within us. The Holy Spirit has many attributes, His principal work isn’t to supplement what Jesus did but to help us applywhat the Son did to and in our lives. As a regenerated man, I use to think: How can I have more of the Holy Spirit?  I sang: "...more love, more power, more of You in my life..." 🎶
But now I'm thinking: How can the Holy Spirit have more of me? Because really, is't the mark of a Spirit filled Christ-follower someone who is increasingly drawn to and becoming like Jesus?
Here's what that looks like: You respond with blessing rather than cursing; you weep and rejoice with others; you work to build unity rather than create division; you relate to others with humil…